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Top Ten Sources for Holiday Gift Baskets

A round-up of high-end purveyors of gift baskets featuring gourmet food, snacks and nibblies of all description, beautifully presented.

November 1, 2011

Lina Epicure's gift basket brims with gourmet goodies.
Lina Epicure’s gift basket brims with gourmet goodies.

Cheese Boutique – Cheese, yes, but also gourmet vinegars, sauces, mustards, cookies, chutneys, spice rubs, oils, chocolates. Baskets can be themed and either pre-selected or customized.

Pusateri’s Fine Foods – Baskets feature everything from coffees, teas, chocolates and cookies to fruitcake, nuts, salsas and dips. Home and Garden pieces (candles, crystal and the like) also available. Exclusive Canadian distributor of Caspian Sea caviar.

Meinhardt Fine Foods – High-end Vancouver food store offers 10 themed gift boxes, in various price ranges. Creative themes include Dinner for Six; Fruit & Cheese; Italian; Party in a Box; and tThe Best of B.C.

Soma Chocolatemaker – Artisanal operation produces small-batch chocolates made directly from the cocoa bean. Choose your own gift products or provide your specs (dark chocolate, for instance) and Soma will put together a basket.

Inniskillin Wines – Gift baskets feature the winery’s products, including such specialty items as ice wine, mini ice-wine bottles and two- and six-bottle boxed sets. Wine books and stemware can also be added to the mix.

Patisserie de Gascogne – This three-store chain of Montreal bakeries can create gift baskets bulging with such treats as chocolates, jams, marzipan, candies, teas, dried pasta and cookies.

Holt Renfrew – Best known as a high-ticket fashion store, Holt Renfrew features an on-site food store that can custom-create gift baskets. Stores in nine Canadian cities.

Lina Epicure – Choose from a broad range of gourmet bottled, canned, dry and packaged foods and such themed baskets as Dessert Fondue, offering vanilla cupcake mix and crème caramel dessert sauce. Spa-product baskets, too.

The Sweet Basket – Select from the Christmas, Corporate Gift Ideas and Executive Collection themes, featuring brand-name products such as chocolates, smoked fish, biscotti, nut brittles, savoury snacks and wines, in tempting combinations.

Teuscher – The Swiss chocolatier operates a sole Canadian store, in Toronto, but can ship gift boxes anywhere in Canada. Truffles, pralines, chocolate bars and specialty items available.

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